Democratic Alliance (DA) has spurned media reports that it distances itself from Public Protectors’ investigations that President Cyril Ramaphosa was also being probed for money laundering.
In a statement on Monday, DA Leader, Mmusi Maimane refer to a report in the Business Day headlined, “DA denies raising laundering issue” as misleading and distorting the truth.
“At no stage has the DA distanced itself from this investigation or the contents.
From the beginning, the suspicion of money laundering was raised with the Public Protector, Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane,” said Maimane.
Maimane said the Public Protector has widened the ambit of the investigation.
“Other issues uncovered during the investigation include possible financial irregularities which the Public Protector may widen her investigations,” said Ramaphosa.
It was further reported the alleged donor has received billions of rands in state tenders.
Maimane said from the very outset, DA raised the suspicion of money laundering with the Public Protector.
President Ramaphosa is being investigated for misleading Parliament his elections campaign received R500 000 “donation” from Bosasa Chief Executive Officer, Gavin Watson.
Investigations include whether a conflict of interest exists between President Ramaphosa, his son, Andile and Bosasa.
Allegations surfaced that his son secured lucrative contracts with Bosasa to the tune of at least R2 million.
“During investigating it became clear the nature and extent of the relationship between the Ramaphosa’s and Bosasa ran much deeper than thought.”
Maimane confirmed his party has written to the Speaker of the National Assembly, Thandi Modise, saying DA is awaiting Parliament to consider the release of the final report.
“Parliament must set up An Ad Hoc Committee without delay. This will leave no room for further speculation and allow the public and Parliament to hold President Ramaphosa to account for his actions,” added MaimaneFollow us on Social Media